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S&P Returns to Real-time with QuantHouse Acquisition

It was at the beginning of 2003 that Standard & Poor’s sold its real-time data feeds business – Comstock – to what was to become Interactive Data Corporation in order to concentrate on its then core businesses – ratings, evaluated pricing, reference data. Now, with a lot of water under the bridge, it’s back in…

Actian/Lenovo Team for Vectorwise Appliance

Actian and Lenova have announced the Vectorwise Data Mart Appliance, a hardware/software appliance aimed at hosting big data analytics.  The package combines Actian’s Vectorwise columnar database, which has been tuned to run on Lenovo’s ThinkServer platform. Vectorwise has been written to leverage vector-based parallel processing and on-chip cache memory, which is faster to access than…

Q&A – From Yesterday’s London Low-Latency Summit

Industry experts in the morning panels at yesterday’s Low-Latency Summit in London responded to a number of questions posed by moderator Pete Harris of IntelligentTradingTechnology.com. Here is some of the wisdom shared … Q: Trading firms want to be smarter, leveraging technology to be wiser with respect to their trading strategies.  Do you agree?  Where…

Arista Debuts Application Switch; Embeds FPGAs Into Network for Lowest Latency

Sun Microsystems might have coined the the slogan “The Network Is The Computer” but it is Arista Networks that is today delivering on the concept with its first Application Switch, which embeds FPGA processing into a switch so that business logic can really be run in the networking fabric itself with lowest-latency data access. With…

Q&A: Mohammad Darwish of AdvancedIO on FPGA Directions

The electronic trading marketplace has been an early adopter of FPGA technology, most often to accelerate I/O and basic feed handling. Now, firms are looking to use FPGAs for more complex business logic. IntelligentTradingTechnology.com spoke to Mohammad Darwish, president and CEO of AdvancedIO Systems, about this trend. Q: Firstly, let’s find out some more about…

Endace “To Review Options” After Revenue Hit

In a trading update issued on Monday, networking and latency monitoring specialist Endace said that expected full year revenues would fall short of estimates by 10% and that it had appointed Deutsche Bank to “review options for the future.” That usually means a company is open to being – or looking to be – acquired….

Q&A: Sumerian’s Bryan Clark on Big Data Analytics and Operational IT

For Sumerian, the focus is not so much on capturing and storing big data, but much more on analysing it to provide insight into how IT systems – especially for electronic trading – are working, how they might perform under load and how to tune them to make them both high performance and efficient. We…

Increasing Trade Performance: A Quest for Lower Latency, or Simply Improved Monitoring?

Performance.  We all grow up assessed for it.  But in today’s trading environment, how can organisations balance increased regulatory requirements and maximise the efficiency of their core trading functions? Less operational resources means firms are challenged with creating more sophisticated business logic that differentiates them from the competition in the never ending quest for lower…

Q&A: Interactive Data’s Scott Caudell on Co-Lo and Managed Services

Managed service delivery in the low-latency world is an increasing focus as trading firms begin to measure ROI for their IT investments. IntelligentTradingTechnology.com spoke to Scott Caudell, vice president, IT Infrastructure, at Interactive Data, about its 7ticks business, and where it fits in. Q: To begin with, can you outline what the Interactive Data 7ticks…

Latency in Electronic Trading

With the majority of financial products trading electronically, latency tops the agenda for proprietary traders and market-makers, regardless of asset class. Latency has also become a major preoccupation for trading desks concerned with best execution compliance. 94% of sell-side firms and 80% of hedge funds currently single out “speed of execution” as the most important…